What books have helped you through a tough time?

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This month’s issue of Real Simple magazine (April 2013) has an excellent column entitled ‘”What book helped you through a tough time?”  Readers sent in names of books and brief explanations as to why a particular book was helpful to them.  The list is very brief; however, I thought this was a great topic to discuss and I hoping that we can expand on this list. 

In general, I think that reading is an excellent coping skill because it allows us to escape from our reality and into whatever story we are immersed in.  It distracts us from whatever else might be on our minds.  And the places or adventures or stories that we can escape to can be so varied.  Depending on what we are reading, it can possibly help to make our situation look less stressful/overwhelming/stark/____ (fill in whatever word might be fitting for you in your life).  I’m currently reading a historical fiction that takes place in winter in Minnesota.  It makes me cold just reading it–let alone imaging how difficult it must have been to be a woman, struggling alone in a cabin with very little to eat, little social contact and constantly feeling cold.  It gives one perspective!

Here are a few books from Real Simple’s list:

Blue Jelly by Debby Bull

Gift From the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci

When Good Things Happen to Bad People by Harold S. Kushner

Can all of you out there send contributions to this list–books that have inspired, moved you, helped you through a difficult time in your life?

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